One of my bike routes through Albany takes me along the Perwinkle Bikepath, and on it you can see different kind of sights, from wildlife to trash.
On one recent ride I was surprised to see a turkey wandering across the path. I went past it and stopped. The bird lingered long enough to have its picture taken.
This was in the vicinity of Kinderpark, the children’s playground and ballpark facing Oak Street on the other side.
A few yards farther south, I came across the remains of what for some time had been a camping spot for a group of people. At one time their improvised camp was on the paved path itself. Later they moved off to the side, on property apparently belonging to a church.
Anyway, on the day of the turkey encounter the people were gone but their stuff remained.
A couple of weeks later, on July 26, a lot of the material had been removed. I don’t know who did the work. Whoever it was, maybe they’ll come back and finish the job.
The Periwinkle Bikepath is a great route for what some people now call “active transportation.”
Completed by the city in 1977 in cooperation with the Oregon Highway Department, this off-street route is well worth keeping in good order so it can be used on foot or two wheels — or on anything with nonmotorized wheels — for a long time to come. (hh)